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Early Learning Elevated Play



Today we have Lynn joining us sharing an Elevated Play Space she has created for her setting. 
Lynn has been providing simulating, fun day care to a small group of children of mixed ages for 14 years both in Family Day Care and in a Long Day Care centre.
We welcome Lynn to Learning and Exploring Through Play.
Reinventing an old favourite fine motor activity "The Peg Board" has provided the children with new challenges and brings a different perspective of Learning. 
While still providing the children with the opportunity to practice hand-eye co-ordination, grasping, number/pattern concepts, creative development, problem solving and language it also offers new skills of stability, balance and sensory exploration of textures and smells.
 
The peg board has been made from an off cut of MDF. Each hole has been hand drilled before being stained and varnish using environmental friendly left over paints. 

It has been teamed with other natural elements. A wooden bowl which holds pegs, sticks that have been hand cut and drilled to accommodate the dowel that is glued into each peg, the logs of wood have been added to the area to be used as a table, seat or step if the children need to reach up high, the woolen tapestry has been add to accompany the other natural elements.
 
The children were drawn to the area due to the design of the area aswel as the swinging, pushing and moving of the elevated board.The children enjoyed running their hands over the holes on the board while others have explored the textures of the pegs, logs and tapestry. It has been a great invitation for play offering plenty of sensory stimulation.

The challenge for the children during this task is it to develop concepts to hold and stabilize the board and hand-eye co-ordination for the placement of pegs.

If you would like to see the different set ups Lyn introduces in her setting head on over and like our Facebook. Lynn has previously shared a Rain Forest Elevated Play Space here on Learning and Exploring Through Play that is well worth checking out!
Thank you for joining us, we love your elevated play set up and we look forward to seeing the others you create!

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